The 1948 Detroit Lions season was their 19th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 3–9, winning only two games. They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season. One notable aspect of this season was their use of maroon and black uniforms instead of the traditional honolulu blue and silver, due to head coach Bo McMillin, obviously influenced by his years as coach at Indiana. They would return to honolulu blue and silver the following season.
|1948 Detroit Lions season|
|Head coach||Bo McMillin|
|Home field||Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|
|Division place||5th NFL Western|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|1||September 22, 1948||at Los Angeles Rams||L 44–7|
|2||October 3, 1948||at Green Bay Packers||L 33–21|
|3||October 9, 1948||Boston Yanks||L 17–14|
|4||October 17, 1948||at Chicago Bears||L 28–0|
|5||October 24, 1948||Los Angeles Rams||L 34–27|
|6||October 31, 1948||Green Bay Packers||W 24–20|
|7||November 7, 1948||at Chicago Cardinals||L 56–20|
|8||November 14, 1948||at Washington Redskins||L 46–21|
|9||November 21, 1948||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 17–14|
|10||November 25, 1948||Chicago Cardinals||L 28–14|
|11||December 5, 1948||Chicago Bears||L 42–14|
|12||December 12, 1948||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 45–21|
|NFL Western Division|
|Los Angeles Rams||6||5||1||.545||3–5||327||269||W3|
|Green Bay Packers||3||9||0||.250||2–6||154||290||L7|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
Events from the year 1948 in Michigan.John Greene (American football)
John Joseph "Johnny" Greene (April 21, 1920 – November 4, 2010) was an American collegiate wrestler and football player.
Greene competed in wrestling and football at the University of Michigan from 1940 to 1944. He was captain of the Michigan wrestling team in 1944 and was also selected to play in the 11th annual Chicago College All-Star Game that same year. He was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1989.
Greene was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1944 NFL Draft and played seven seasons for the Lions from 1944 to 1950. After moving to the end position in 1945, Greene became a star, ranking among the National Football League (NFL) leaders in receptions and/or receiving yards each year from 1945 to 1949. He had an 88-yard touchdown reception that was the longest pass play in the NFL during the 1946 season and the longest in Detroit Lions history up to that time. When he retired, he was the Lions' all-time leading receiver with 2,965 receiving yards, 26 touchdown catches and 173 receptions. He also served as an assistant coach for the Lions during the 1951 season.
|Division championships (4)|
|Conference championships (4)|
|League championships (4)|
|Current league affiliations|
Championship seasons in bold